Free food banks, soup kitchens and free pantries Ohio
Get information on free food banks in Ohio that can provide the low to moderate income, working poor, and unemployed with free or low cost groceries. Many of the distribution centers also partner with Feeding America as well as local churches, non-profit organizations, and other charities. They work together to support families across the state. Below you will find a food bank in your county near you, and you can get information on their address and phone numbers. There is also a phone number at the bottom of the page for more locations of free food or meals in Ohio.
Many different food banks, non-profits and pantries work together to help as many individuals and families as possible. For example the locations noted below may not be able to directly provide you with groceries or other aid, but they will know who you can call for free food in your city and town.
Each year millions of pounds of food and surplus government commodities are distributed to tens of thousands of individuals as well as struggling families across the state. The can includes fruits, vegetables, canned meats, and more. The food and groceries can provide just enough aid to help someone make it through a difficult period in their life, or to help them make it through an emergency.
The Ohio food banks listed below that will be near you are just one of the options available to people. The free distribution centers below are available in addition to other agencies and charities that are located in your county or town. Ask the pantries for referrals to additional programs for your county.
More local food banks in Ohio
If the charities, non-profits, and organizations throughout this page (see below) are not near you, or can’t help, then find additional food pantries for your city or county. As there are a number of free food pantries and hunger prevention programs for specific regions oh Ohio.
Regional free food distribution centers in OH
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has a couple main addresses, as noted below. The are the regional Feeding America food bank location and help anyone in need, with a focus on the most vulnerable such as the elderly, seniors, and disabled. Dozens of churches, partners, and charity groups are part of the network. Get everything from information on local free food pantries, healthy cooking or shopping classes, Culinary training and so much more. The NE part of Ohio is supported, including Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne County.
- 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307. Call 330.535.6900
- Stark County has a location too, and the address is 1365 Cherry Ave NE, Canton, OH 44714.
Freestore Foodbank covers both Ohio and counties in neighboring states. They operate mobile pantries, help low income parents and/or single mothers get the formula they need, provide groceries and more. They also help feed students during the holiday and summer months when the schools can't assist, and one resource is the Kids’ Backpack program.
As noted, this Feeding Americans is mostly around Cincinnati and nearby counties. They include Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Pike, as well as the county of Scioto. Referrals are given to local pantries as well as public assistance such as WIC vouchers, USDA commodities, and SNAP food stamps.
- Main site is at 1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Call 513.482.4500
- There is also the Mayerson Distribution Center, 1250 Tennessee Avenue. Cincinnati, OH 45229. The phone number is 513-482-4506
Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Inc. serves the most people in the state of Ohio. The non-profit partners with hundreds of charities, emergency pantries, soup kitchens and corporations. The programs include SNAP outreach and help applying for benefits. There are mobile food pantries, education resources such as eating healthy/food as a medicine and more.
Multiple counties are supported, including Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, as well as Richland. Hundreds of other non-profits partner with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as well. The main address is 15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110. Dial 216.738.2265.
- A partner agency is the Country Neighbor Program. They also help to battle food insecurity from an Orwell, OH 44076 location, and the intake number is 440.437.6311
The Foodbank, Inc is for Greene, Montgomery, and Preble counties. They are a major hunger relief provider in the area. Call for referrals or other assistance, including Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, Meals on Wheels from Agency on Aging, Summer Food Program, Baby Pantry and free infant formula and more. The address is 56 Armor Place, Dayton, OH 45417. Call 937.461.0265.
Shared Harvest Foodbank of SW Ohio is at 5901 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014. Call 513.874.0114. Struggling families, the unemployed and others can get a free box of emergency food or groceries. There are client choice pantries, Senior Brown Bag, applications to free school lunches or mealks from the USDA and so much more. Residents of Butler, Darke, Miami, Preble and Warren County can try this Feeding America site.
Mid-Ohio FoodBank has a few sites. Tens of thousands of pounds of food and other items are provided to the needy and low income. Whether groceries, wellness or cooking workshops, or other support, the non-profit and its partners assist. The working poor and seniors are some of the main beneficiaries. there are multiple sites including those below.
There are several counties covered - a wide region. Families and individuals (or even the homeless) in Belmont, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Pickaway, Ross, and Union County can try them.
- 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123. Call 614.277.3663
- Food Pantry Network of Licking County is based at 1035 Brice Street, Newark, OH 43055. The main number is 740.344.7401
West Ohio Food Bank is located at 1380 East Kibby Street, Lima, OH 45804. Call 419.222.7946. This location supports the counties of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, and Wyandot County. Get applications to the Emergency Food Assistance Program or SNAP. Or apply for workshops on topics such as unit pricing, cooking classes, and more. There is also the National Produce Program as well as churches in the region that help feed struggling households.
SE Ohio Foodbank is for residents of Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington. The work with companies including Krogers and Wal-Mart, as well as take donations from the public. Get referrals to free food pantries and distribution centers, and the office is at 1005 CIC Drive, Logan, OH 43138. Dial 740.385.6813.
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is a non-profit that works with local charities, pantries, and soup kitchens in the region. It provides them with free food and support. People need to apply to those centers, however Second Harvest may have referrals. There is outreach, Fresh Produce, referrals to homeless shelters and more. The location is 5510 Baumhart Rd, Lorain, OH 44053. Call 440.960.2265. The location include Crawford, Erie, Huron, and Lorain.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties is based at 20 N Murray, Springfield, OH 45503. Call 937.325.8715. There are assistance programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for people over 60, emergency food box deliveries, and partnerships with charities and non-profits in the area. In addition to free food, seniors may have home delivered meals, students may obtain snacks during break or the summer, and other assistance is offered.
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank offers help. There is everything from SNAP outreach (screening for food stamps or WIC) to backpacks full of groceries, snacks and even hygiene supplies for kids from the Backpack program. the location is 24 East Woodruff Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604. The service area is Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood County. Call 419.242.5000.
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is for the counties of Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull. There are School and Family Pantries, fresh produce programs, referrals and other support. Even get information on government and public benefits, including Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Senior Brown Bag, Pediatric Screening and more. The main center is at 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, OH 44509. For referrals, call 330.792.5522
Facing Hunger Foodbank covers many counties, including Lawrence County, Ohio. Most of the aid is for neaby states, such as Kentucky or West Virginia. That being said, Lawrence County families can call the center for assistance, referrals, and learn about local pantries.
If you live in this region, call for referrals to a pantry. Fruits, vegetables, canned goods, meats, and more may be served. They may have referrals to holiday meal programs too. The main site is at 1327 Seventh Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701. Call 304.523.6029
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
24 East Woodruff Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Additional free food pantries and emergency food banks in Ohio
If your county or area is not listed above, you still have other options available that may be near you. Click here to find information on federal government low income food assistance programs. Government support is available for low income, the elderly, disabled, children, and others. Or dial (800) 648-1176 to find other food banks that can help struggling families in Ohio.
However, note that state or federal government programs are not your only options. Some non-profits provide people with low cost food. Read more. They provide food to people of all income for up to 50% off the retail price.